Apollo of Veii.  Ca. 510-500 BC.  Terra cotta.  Height: nearly 6 feet.

        Unlike the Greeks, the Etruscans were less interested in intellectual problems of proportion or understanding how the human body works than in producing an immediate impact on the viewer.  The famous terra cotta statue of Apollo found in 1916 at Veii, with its striding stance and formalized smile, is unquestionably related to Archaic Greek models, but the dynamism of the pose and the slightly sinister quality of the smile produce an effect of power in a typically Etruscan way.  Etruscan art has its own special character, a kind of elemental force almost primitive in spirit, although the craftsmanship and techniques are highly sophisticated.  Museo Nationale di Villa Giulia, Rome.